So you want to make your own comic or Graphic Novel or comic book, but you really suck at drawing. No worries. Here is some basics information to get started.

 

First off a computer is a must. Below are some graphics software, resources and photo manipulation software. Some are free, some you pay for. You can use software like Daz3d or Poser to make your characters if you can't draw, or some of the other software if you can. Wrire your story and layout your novel or comic. I personally use Daz3D myself, and it is freaking awesome.

 

Once you have created your graphic novel, then you must decide on how you want to publish and distribute it. For beginners you are most likely going to self-publish and self-distribute which is ok because there is more money potential for you, but more work. It is better anyway because it forces you to network and understand the business.

 

There are basically four ways to self-publish. The first is through electronic publishing or e-books. Companies like createspace.com allow you to self-publish your own e-books. At this point some e-book readers don't take pictures, so research your market.

 

The second way to self-publish is on the internet. Allow fans to read your comics directly from your website. This is slowly starting to become popular, however it is harder to make money this way, unless people pay to suscribe or maybe pay to download your comics.

 

The third is Print-on-Demand printing. Basically you sign up with a company like createspace.com upload your graphic novel, then they print a copy of the book as somebody orders it. Print-on-Demand companies usually have a distribution outlet, like createspace allows you to put your book on Amazon.com and people around the world can buy it.  Basically when it is purchased, it is instantly printed and then shipped to them, and you get a percentage of the sale.

 

The fourth way is probably the most risky, but the most profitable. You basically hire a publisher to print a number of  books for you, then you go out and sell them. This way you get most of the money, but may lose your shirt if you can't sell them.

 

Most of what I have presented will probably have soime cost over time. Take Daz3D software. You can easily end up paying thousands of dollars for the software, but once you have it you have it, so the next novel will cost very little. Click the company names in red to go to their sites. Check them out and understand what they do, and if you have any questions youtube has tons of tutorials.

 

Graphics software

 

Pixton

Daz3d

Renderosity

e-on

Poser

Anime Studio

Content Paradise

Motion Artist

Manga Studio

Deviant Art

Messiah Studio

3D Studio Max

Modo

Maya

Digital Fusion

Adobe Photoshop

Gimp

Paint.net

Inkscape

 

 Print on Demand and printing

 

Ka-Blam

Greko Printing

Diggypod

Lulu

On Demand books

Createspace

Cafe Press

Print to press

Blurb

Lightning Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you want to make a comic or graphic novel?

 

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